Bio: Martell, Frank (Murder Sentence - 1915)

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Surnames: Martell, Schroeder, Williams, Gorman, Fischer, Lang

----Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) 04/15/1915

Martell Held on Murder Charge

Held for Trial Without Bail at Next Term of the Circuit Court

The preliminary examination of Frank Martell, who at Mannville on April 3, shot and killed Charles Schroeder, his son-in-law, was concluded at Wausau Monday and he was bound over for trial in the circuit court on the charge of murder.

Schroeder’s wife had left him and returned to the home of her father, where Schroeder went to have an interview with her. At the preliminary hearing, Frank Fischer, who lives near the Martell home, testified that on the afternoon of the tragedy he had watched Martell and Schroeder while they were in the Martell yard shortly before the shooting. He testified that Schroeder, after gesticulating for a while, took off his overcoat and hung it on a wood rack, then started toward the house. Martell went into the house and soon returned with a shot gun, and the witness heard him say, "Gol dern you, get out of here." After watching them for a short time Fischer went to the woods and later heard a shot. When informed that Martell had shot Schroeder, he and his father went to the Martell home. The elder Fischer had asked, "What have you got here?" and the answer made by Martell was, "A crazy man or a wild man, I don’t know which to call it." Martell informed those present that he would give himself up and started toward Mannville.

The statement that Schroeder took his coat off after entering the Martell yard was corroborated by other witnesses.

Henry Lang, who conducts a store at Mannville, told of Martell coming up to his place after the tragedy and asking him to telephone for the officers. He said that Schroeder had stopped at his place in the afternoon, talked of his family troubles and said, "I hate to make the trip down there," indicating Martell’s, and later left, going in that direction.--Stevens Point Daily Journal

----Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) 06/03/1915

Three Years For Frank Martell

In circuit court this morning Frank Martell, who was recently found guilty of manslaughter in the third degree by a jury in circuit court, was this Tuesday forenoon sentenced to serve a term of three years in the state prison at Waupun, the third day of June of each year to be spent in solitary confinement.

It was expected that a formal motion for a new trial would be filed on behalf of Martell, but this was not done, the verdict being accepted and the defendant threw himself upon the mercy of the court.

Neither Martell or his attorney, P. A. Williams of Marshfield, made any plea or statement. District Attorney E. P. Gorman said he believed the jury had been lenient.

Martell gave no sign of emotion when the judgment was pronounced.--Wausau Record-Herald



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